Knowledge for better food systems

Recent issues of Fodder

Fodder: 9 May 2017

Articles: A roadmap for rapid decarbonization - New paper outlines ambitious and detailed action plan to stay below 2 degrees – Human health alters the sustainability of fishing practices in East Africa — What crop type for atmospheric carbon sequestration: Results from a global data analysis

Reports: Organic Farming, Climate Change Mitigation and Beyond. Reducing the Environmental Impacts of EU Agriculture

Books: "Multifunctional Agriculture - Achieving Sustainable Development in Africa" By Roger Leakey

Member research:  Critical Research Needed to Examine the Environmental Impacts of Expanded Refrigeration on the Food System

News: Webinar video: The technical potential of soil carbon sequestration

Fodder: 2 May 2017

This post is written by FCRN collaborator Jessica Finch, PhD researcher at the University of Warwick focusing on Food Security (Plant and Crop sciences). Jess began working as an intern for FCRN as part of her PhD training year, and has continued to work with the FCRN part-time.

There’s a new kid on the block of scientific breakthroughs with potentially revolutionary applications: the CRISPR-Cas9 genome editing system. But what is it, how might it be applied in agriculture and what are the implications of this application?


Fodder: 26 April 2017

Articles: Is a diet low in greenhouse gas emissions a nutritious diet? – Efficiency, sufficiency, and consistency for sustainable healthy food

Reports: Policy brief: Food for the circular economy  —  By 2030, end all forms of malnutrition and leave no one behind

Books: Peasants Negotiating a Global Policy Space: La Vía Campesina in the Committee on World Food Security

News: BBC podcast from Wellcome Collection: Should We All Be Vegetarians?

Fodder: 20 April 2017

In our latest edition:

Articles: Groundwater depletion embedded in international food trade — A coupled human-Earth model perspective on long-term trends in the global marine fishery  —  Dietary strategies to reduce environmental impact must be nutritionally complete

Reports: Less beef, less carbon: Americans shrink their diet-related carbon footprint  —  Redefining Protein: Adjusting Diets to Protect Public Health and Conserve Resources  —  Shrinking the Carbon and Water Footprint of School Food: A Recipe for Combatting Climate Change

Books: AgroEcological Transitions: Changes and Breakthroughs in the Making

Fodder: 13 April 2017

In our latest edition of Fodder, the FCRN Newsletter:
Articles: The Lancet Planetary Health inaugural edition editorial — Farming and the geography of nutrient production for human use: a transdisciplinary analysis — How Do Dietary Choices Influence the Energy-System Cost of Stabilizing the Climate?

Reports: FAO report on ‘Nutrition-sensitive agriculture and food systems in practice: options for intervention' ...

Books: Sustainable Diets - How Ecological Nutrition Can Transform Consumption and the Food System

News: Video: Are you dining on data?

Fodder: Blog post by Tim Lang

FCRN member Tim Lang, Professor at City University London’s Centre for Food Policy, shares some reflections on how the Great Food Transition he describes in the book Sustainable Diets can be achieved, the barriers to change that persist and some policy developments from different countries that we can learn from


Fodder: 5 April 2017

In our latest edition:

Articles: Reframing the Food-Biodiversity Challenge — A Holistic Sustainability Assessment Method for Urban Food System Governance...

Reports: Re-fashioning food systems with sustainable diet guidelines: towards a SDG 2 strategy ...

News: A food dystopia: Is Britain sleepwalking into a crisis? — From flask to field: How tiny microbes are revolutionizing big agriculture

Fodder: 30 March 2017

In the latest newsletter:

Articles: Many shades of gray – the context-dependent performance of organic agriculture  —   Losses, inefficiencies and waste in the global food system  —  The business case for soil

Reports: 2017 Global Food Policy Report by IFPRI

News: Carbon Brief: Trump signs order dismantling Obama-era climate policies

Photo credit: Dave Smith, Flickr, Creative Commons License

Fodder: 24 March 2017

In the newsletter this week:

Articles: Livestock: On our plates or eating at our table? — Intensification pathways for beef and dairy cattle production systems: Impacts on GHG emissions, land occupation and land use change

Reports: Eating Better & Medact’s briefing on sustainable dietary guidelines

Member research: Food security of the UK - a post-Brexit view

Fodder: 16 March 2017

Articles: Reducing pesticide use while preserving crop utility and profitability on arable farms — A healthier US diet could reduce greenhouse gas emissions from both the food and health care systems — Virtual land footprint study - Land use and regional supply capacities of urban food patterns: Berlin as an example

Reports: IEA Discussion Paper No.82 CHEAP AS CHIPS: Is a healthy diet affordable? — The food issues census 2017 by Food Ethics Council

Member research: Bioregion Food System Design Project Canada

Books: Environmental Justice and Farm Labor

News: Blog: Dietary guidelines don’t work. Here’s how to fix them